Hearing loss of any level should concern you. However, some are more manageable than others. That said, when you experience sudden hearing loss, you will need to seek treatment immediately. While it could just be due to an infection you’re not aware of, it could also be a sign of something more sinister. Learn more about what do if you think your hearing is in danger.
Although you might be familiar with some of the typical causes of hearing loss, here are some others for you to keep in mind. The health of your ears is vital to your overall health, so do your best to avoid or minimize your risks of developing hearing loss, if it is possible.
- Head injuries
- Inner ear damage (a ruptured eardrum)
- Meniere’s disease
How to Identify It
Even though this condition is known as sudden hearing loss, it may surprise that it can be a gradual process as well. Different people will perceive it in different ways. You might also see it referred to as sudden sensorineural hearing loss or SSHL. This condition is most likely to affect adults that are late middle-aged in their 40s or 50s. An alarming popping sound announces the hearing loss where before one ear that could hear just fine can no longer detect any sound. However, many people won’t notice any change at all. At least, not until they try to listen to music through headphones and one sound is completely soundless. Two other common side effects are tinnitus and dizziness, also known as vertigo.
How to Seek Treatment
When you think you have sudden hearing loss, don’t deny it. But continuing to pretend you haven’t had an unexpected and unwanted decrease in your hearing ability will only make matters worse. Just because you already know you have too much earwax doesn’t mean you can take this condition lightly. Make an appointment with both your doctor and your audiologist. If you don’t already have one, and you live in Catonsville or Ellicott City, then come and visit us here at Clarity Audiology. We are conveniently located, and we also welcome new patients.
We can help you determine how much hearing you have lost. In any case, the sooner you get treated for your sudden hearing loss, the better. That way, hearing aids will be more effective, and other assistive technology can be used to maximize their ability to restore your hearing.
Hearing Loss Solutions by Clarity Audiology
Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions offers state-of-the-art hearing solutions for any hearing loss you are experiencing. We can diagnose and treat hearing loss, and we also specialize in fitting and programming hearing aids, and helping you hear again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment online or by calling 410-698-6594. To see what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.